What are the ingredients for a perfect and safe summer party? It can be wonderful to get your friends and family together to eat a meal and hang out in the summer sun for a holiday get together or just for fun. Whether you’re spending time on a deck/porch, by the pool or at a local park, there’s plenty of fun to be had during a summer party, picnic or BBQ.
No one wants to end their get together with an injury. Keep the following practices in mind when you’re having a soiree for an entirely fun and safe summer party!
The Do’s and Don’ts of Grilling Safely
Did you know 75% of Americans own a grill or smoker according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association? Each year, 79.1 million Americans grill out according to the U.S. Census Bureau with the top days for grilling being Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Father’s Day and Labor Day.
While outdoor cooking is hugely popular, it can cause some hazards. Unfortunately, June and July are peak months for grill-related fires. On average, the fire department responds to almost 8,000 home fires that involve grills, hibachis or barbeques each year. By following the simple do’s and don’ts below, you can save your family from burns or even a house fire.
- Use your propane and/or charcoal grills outdoors.
- Keep the grill away from the home. 10 feet is recommended.
- Keep your grill clean. Remove grease and fat build-up which can cause out-of-control fires.
- Check your propane grill’s gas tank for leaks.
- Allow kids and/or pets too close to the hot grill.
- Keep the charcoal fluid in the reach of children or near heat sources.
- Leave your grill unattended!
Ensure that your family, neighbors and friends are aware of safe grilling practices for a safe summer party. For more information, visit this page of Grilling Safety Tips from the NFPA or watch the following video.
Help Prevent Fireworks Injuries
Fireworks are also synonymous with many summer celebrations. On average, 250 people go to the emergency room with fireworks injuries on the days surrounding the Fourth of July according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Often, homemade and illegal fireworks are involved in deaths resulting from firework play. During the Fourth of July holiday, the most injured body parts are the hands, fingers, face, ears and legs. More than half of fireworks injuries are burns and the majority of injuries happen to males ages 25-44. Fireworks also caused approximately 15,600 fire in 2013 according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Both the CPSC and NFPA recommend that you leave fireworks to the professionals, but if you plan on enjoying amateur-fireworks with friends and family, then please take the time to read these safety tips:
- Never place any part of your body over a firework.
- Back up to a safe distance before the firework ignites.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- Never pick up or try to relight a firework that has not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw a firework at another person.
- Keep water nearby in case of a fire or an emergency.
- Make sure you are following your local or state fireworks laws.
- Be cautious with sparklers, they burn up to nearly 2,000 degrees and can cause 3rd degree burns.
- Never allow young children to play with fireworks.
- Children who are allowed to play with fireworks should always have adult supervision.
For more information for your safe summer party, visit this page of Firework Safety Tips from the CPSC or watch the following video.
More Safety Considerations for Outdoor Parties
Here are four other things to keep in mind during your summer parties.
- Stay hydrated by drinking water, especially if it’s a warm day. Remember that alcohol and sugary drinks will make you more dehydrated.
- Never let guests drink and drive. If you’re serving alcoholic beverages, make sure your guests have options to get home safely.
- Use sunscreen any time you are spending an extended period of time outside, even if it seems overcast.
- Don’t leave foods out in the sun. Review these food safety tips from FoodSafety.gov.